THE TIDE IS TURN­ING FOR THESE TRIBES

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page -

While sev­eral schemes ex­ist to aid de­no­ti­fied tribes, they are un­able to reap ben­e­fits due to lack of iden­tity cards. In 2004, Mit­tal Pa­tel, then a 20-year-old jour­nal­ist and an as­pir­ing civil ser­vant, vis­ited Neck­naam, a large basti of no­madic tribes an hour away from Ra­jkot. Moved by their plight, she de­cided to make ef­forts to give them iden­tity cards and make them a vote bank. Af­ter years of strug­gle, for the first time in De­cem­ber 2017 prior to the Gu­jarat elec­tions, the BJP and the Congress held meet­ings with these tribes to seek their votes. The bat­tle for the en­fran­chise­ment of these tribes is con­sid­ered a land­mark in elec­toral in­clu­sion.

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